Snow on Grand Mesa, snow on the San Juans, snow on the West Elks, and again I wonder about how the high country plants survive the cold. In a quick check of the internet , I found that the snow forms a blanket for the plants.
Allen and I follow the curve past Bill Heddles Recreation Center and before us is Confluence Lake — ice! With the binoculars I can see some open water on the far side and it's covered with Canada geese as is the ice close at hand.
(Oh, Christmas Tree)
When we moved into our home in Eckert, I wanted to have native plants. And so we planted the native pinyon pines planning on them to survive the drought, whenever it came.
On leaving Delta, we took 1600 Road, then turned onto the Trap Club Road, and followed it past the landfill. As we neared the junction with North Road, I began to carefully note the roadside vegetation.